Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sofia the First Blanket Buddy - Free notes

So, I've been quiet on here for a while working on super hero Blanket Buddies...I've been trying to knock out as many as I can!  I just celebrated 15 years married to my best friend Kevin and to extend the celebration, I ran a sale on all my patterns.  Well, you all were ah-MAZ-ing and purchased a bunch...thank you so much!!  I was so pleased that I finally finished up my next free notes for use with the Pretty Princess Lovey pattern by Bowtykes. 

As requested, I give you Sofia the First! 

 For those of you who aren't familiar with the my free notes, here's how we do it.  First, go to Bowtykes' Pretty Princess Lovey  
and purchase the base pattern.  (With her permission, I used her pattern to create this and all my Disney Princess notes and Villains notes.  Without purchasing the base pattern, my free notes will not make sense, so please go buy the pattern.  I promise you it's worth it.)  Then you can use these notes to make the necessary changes to create Sofia (and all the Princesses and Villains listed on my blog here).  

Thanks again to Briana Olsen of Bowtykes for the wonderful base pattern!  

And, here we go!
 Sophia the First

Colors:  skin - Vanna's Choice in Beige
             Dress - RH Super Saver in Med Purple
            Crown, trim - RH Super Saver in White
             hair - RH Super Saver in Café Latte
            amulet - embroidery floss in purple and white

Dress --
            R1 and R2-- as written in Beige
            R3 and R4-- sw to Med Purple, work as written
            R5 -- sw to White, work as written using SC instead
            R6 through R13-- sw to Med Purple, work as written
            R14 -- sw to White, work as written using SC instead

Flower Trim --  Make at least 4…you can make up to 12 (one for each "scallop").  Sew to bottom of skirt.
            With White, ch3, join to 1st to make a loop. 
            Ch3, 2dc in loop, sl st in loop, ch3, 2dc in loop, sl st in loop, ch3, 2dc in loop, sl st in loop, ch3, 2dc in loop,             sl st in loop, FO.

Arms -- Make 2
            R1-R15 -- work as written in Beige
            R16 -- sw to Med Purple, 2sc in ea st around
            R17 - 1sc in ea st around
            R18 - (2sctog, 1sc in next st) repeat around
            R19 - 1sc in ea st around

Head -- Work as written in Beige

Wig Cap -- Work as written in Café Latte
Crown -- work as written for Tiara in White

Hair Curls -- Make 22
             With H hook and Café Latte
            Ch15, 3dc in 2nd ch from hook, 3dc in ea ch across.  FO and sew to wig cap, placing them randomly around.

Amulet --
            With purple embroidery thread
            R1 - Ch2, 12dc in 2nd ch from hook, sw to silver thread in last pull through, join to 1st dc.
            R2 - Ch2, 2hdc in ea st around, join to 1st st, FO.
            Sew to front of dress.

If you ever have any questions for me, msg me on Facebook at SpicyTuesdayCrafts .

Feel free to use these notes for your own use, and of course, you have my permission to sell items made from them as long as you link back to this post and Spicy Tuesday Crafts.  Please don't sell the written notes to anyone.  At all.  Thanks.  

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cupcake Beanie pattern

Here it is, friends!  I was asked to write up my version of a Cupcake Beanie.  A few years ago I came across a bootleg internet copy of a similar hat made by Twinkie Chan.  I worked her pattern up and liked it ok, but it didn't work once my daughter wore the hat...it barely sat straight on her head and the cake part kept getting bigger and bigger the more she wore it.  No bueno.  So, like any crafty/crocheting, frustrated mom, I decided to make up my own version and out came this little number.  It's a little slouchier so the frosting looks super-swirly and the cake part fits around the head a little tighter to help keep in on.  If you have any questions or need help, feel free to contact me on FB https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spicy-Tuesday-Crafts/167303963320859?ref=hl and I'll see if I can sort it out for you.  Enjoy!
 Cupcake Beanie

Materials:  I hook (5.5mm)
                  WW yarn in your choice of frosting color
                  WW yarn in your choice of Cake color
                  Pony beads, sequins, pom poms...whatever type of decoration you'd like

 Frosting:  Ch 28, turn

            R1:  1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn.

(work in BLO from here on)
            R2:  1 hdc in each st across, 2 hdc in last st, ch2, turn.
            R3:  2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each st across, 2hdctog in last 2 sts, ch 2, turn.
            R4:  2hdctog in first 2 sts, 1 hdc in each st across, 2 hdc in last st, ch 2 turn.
            R5 through R50:  Repeat, alternating between R3 and R4

            FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

            Sew R1 to R50 to make a tube.  FO, but do NOT cut the string.  Set frosting aside.

Cake:  Ch 14

(work in BLO for the whole cake section)

            R1:  1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each st across, ch 2 turn.
            R2:  1 sc in each st across, ch 2, turn.
            R3 through R90:  I sc in each st across, ch 2, turn.

            FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
            Sew R1 to R90 to make a short tube.  Carefully and evenly, sew cake piece to bottom edge of frosting piece.  (You'll be sewing 90 sc rows to 50 hdc rows so try to keep the sewing stitches as even as possible around the cake.)  FO and weave in ends.

            Using the left-over sewing tail on the frosting, weave it in and out along the top edge of the frosting, around the tube. Pull gently to cinch the top edge closed.

            FO and weave in ends.

            Add "sprinkles" - pompoms, sequins, etc. - or whatever embellishment you'd like.  For my sprinkles, I used Pony beads, sewing them on and tying the knots on the inside of the hat to hide them.  

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cupcake Java Jammies crochet pattern

As promised, here's the original pattern I came up with for Cupcake Java Jammies, a cozy for your coffee cup.  I used a picture of Twinkie Chan's cupcake cozy for inspiration, but since I couldn't find a pattern of her's for them, I came up with one of my own. 

Cupcake Java Jammies

 Materials:  WW yarn in 2 colors (cake and frosting)
                    I hook
                    tapestry needle
                    fabric glue

 This pattern is worked in 3 parts; the cake, the frosting and the piping around to cover where the cake and frosting meet. 

With cake color, ch 10.  Turn.

 Row 1:  1 hdc (in back loop only from here to the end of the cake piece) in second ch from hook and across, turn.

Row 2:  1hdc in each st across, turn

Repeat Row 2 until your work reaches 10 inches long.  Finish off, leaving a 15in tail for sewing.  With tail and tapestry needle, sew the last row to your first row, making a small tube.  Finish off and weave in tail.


Attach frosting color to the top of the seam. 

Row 1:  35 sc spaced evenly around the top of the tube.  Join with sl st into first sc.

Row 2:  Ch 3, 1 dc in first st, *SPECIAL STITCH: yarn over, insert hook in same st as the first dc, yarn over, bring up loop, yarn over, insert hook in next st, yarn over, bring up loop, yarn over and pull through the first 4 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops on hook*, repeat from * to * around.  Join with sl st into first st.

Row 3:  Ch 3, 1 dc in first st, SPECIAL STITCH in each st around, join with sl st into first st.

Row 4:  Ch 3, 1 dc in first st, SPECIAL STITCH in each st around, join with sl st into first st. 

Finish off. 

Piping:  The piping is made by creating a chain of BOBBLE STITCHES then sewing it onto the cupcake.

BOBBLE STITCH:  *Yarn over twice,  insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up one loop, pull through one loop on hook, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through 2 loops.*  This is called an Incomplete Treble Crochet.  Repeat from * to * 4 more times to make 4 incomplete treble crochets in that same st.  There will be 5 loops left on the hook.  Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. 

With frosting color, [ch 3, in 3rd ch from hook, work BOBBLE STITCH].  Repeat from [ to ] again and again until the chain of BOBBLE STITCHES is long enough to go around the whole cupcake.  Finish off leaving a 15in chain for sewing.  Sew chain onto the cupcake to cover the seam where the cake meets the frosting.   

Apply several small dots of fabric glue to frosting area, add pompoms and let dry completely. 
Shout out to Twinkie Chan for the inspiration for this Java Jammies pattern, (and the BOBBLE STITCH for the piping is my adaptation of her Piping pattern).  Feel free to use this pattern for your own use, and you have my permission to sell items made from this pattern as long as you link back to this post and Spicy Tuesday Crafts.  Please don't sell the written pattern to anyone.  At all.  Thanks. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

sock monkeys and owls...

 I'm currently climbling out from under a huge pile of yarn, hooks in hand.  This summer I signed up to have a table at our local craft fair in Nov. to sell my Ouchie Owls, Boo Boo Birds and sock monkey hats.  Thinking I'd have plenty of time to stock the table, I started slowly working on some hats and other assorted baby/kid gear to put out for sale.  Ha!  Since I started working on stuff for the fair, I've gotten 10 separate orders for monkey hats, two of them while I was sitting on the bleachers at a football game.... my tiny friend slash amazing baby-sized advertiser Quentin was also there sporting his sock monkey hat and causing quite a stir with all his cuddly cuteness.  With all those orders coming in I've hardly accumulated much of anything for the fair but I do still have a month and a half.  Those last few days I'll no doubt be up at all hours.  Here are a few of the items I've finished in the last few days:     

Monday, August 29, 2011

Back to School Cake Pops!

 With a nod to my new "baking" hero (the quotes are because these really aren't baked), Bakerella, I attempted my first ever batch of cake pops to celebrate the first day of school.  I love how they came out and will definitely have to make them again! 
 The above recipe describes what I did, based mostly on the one by Bakerella....www.bakerella.com.  She's amazing, and her photos made me want to try one of each of her designs (I'm totally taken in by really good photos of things).  I made a few changes in the coating, however, because out here in the sticks I have to rely on Walmart for my supplies and they only had candy melts in red, white, and brown.  I totally lucked out with the red but I wanted to do some in apple green color so I had to come up with my own.  Enter white Almond Bark -- I had to laugh at the brand I found, called Pilgrim's Pantry....did the pilgrims really have much need for candy coating, what with all the seasickness and colony-building?  Anyway, I looked all over the web for instructions on how to effectively tint almond bark....I'd heard before that you can't use water-based food coloring drops because water "breaks" the candy coating like it does chocolate....but all I found was more people railing against water-based food coloring.  Holding fast to the anthem, "There must be a better way!", I tried it anyway.  Turns out, if you melt the bark, add a few drops of food coloring, add Crisco one tablespoon at a time, and stir A LOT, the bark will return to dipping consistancy and actually still tastes pretty good.    I got the green apple color by using one drop of blue with 6 drops of neon green (it's like a perfect Shrek color -- I also used it last year for the alien cupcakes at Josiah's 3rd b'day). 

Love 'em!  I'll have to try different ones for the kids' b'days from time to time.  I'm thinkin' a Cake Pop party is in order, too....one of every kind, please!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Josiah turned 4!

So, our little man turned 4! Once I got over the fact that he's been with us for four years already. . . has it REALLY been that long?!?! . . . I got to work planning his party. His favorite movie right now is Gnomeo & Juliet so that's what he wanted for his party. But I don't think the movie did very well overall because there was no merchandise to be found -- no figurines, no plush, no decorations, nothing! -- so we had to make up our own. For the invites I found an image online of one of the official movie posters and added my own text, then printed them as 4x6 photos.
We had the Reds Vs. the Blues just like the movie, complete with Mr. and Mrs. Featherstone (the flamingos): The cupcakes were red and blue gnomes "hiding" in the grass:
I took sugar cones and coated them with melted Candy Melts, then sunk them into the frosting "grass" on top of chocolate cupcakes. The Travelocity Roaming Gnome made an appearance (found him at Target along with the fantastic mushrooms which I painted) as well as the stuffed crocheted version I made years ago. He (the crocheted one) lives in the center console of my car and has been photographed all over CA, WY, NM, CO, NV, UT, OR and even went with my parents and aunt & uncle to Hawaii two years ago . . . I have a whole scrapbook devoted to his excursions! The treats on the Red side were strawberries, dark chocolate Hershey candies (3 shades of red), cupcakes with Strawberry Fields ice cream and Coke and red Hawaiian Punch. The treats on the Blue side were blueberries, York peppermint candies (blue & white), cupcakes with Birthday Bash ice cream (confetti ice cream with blue frosting ribbons throughout) and Pepsi and blue Hawaiian Punch.We had our own version of "Nanette the Frog" -- my mom's vintage cookie jar. That thing is older than I am and has been repainted several times but I love it! My dad would happily let it live at my house permanently but Mom wanted it back.He had to eat the frosting first:After the presents . . . the kid made out like a BANDIT, I tell you . . . and the treats, we all went back outside to launch the Gnome Paratroopers!The paratroopers were a huge hit!
And finally, we ended the night with Gnome tattoos. Those little guys were the HARDEST thing to remove -- they said "temporary" but 5 days and that many showers later I finally had to take the nail polish remover to mine and he still didn't budge.
Josiah said he loved his party and had a ton of fun with all his friends and family. I was glad to hear it, because I had a blast! Love that little guy!